Specification theory, patterns, and models in information systems domains: an exploratory investigation

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dc.contributor Hale, Joanne E.
dc.contributor Sharpe, Shane
dc.contributor Smith, Randy K.
dc.contributor Wallace, Danny P.
dc.contributor.advisor Hale, David P.
dc.contributor.author Woolridge, Richard William
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:28:40Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:28:40Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000317
dc.identifier.other Woolridge_alatus_0004D_10313
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/823
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Application and project domain specifications are an important aspect of Information Systems (IS) development. Observations of over thirty IS projects suggest dimly perceived structural patterns in specifications that are unaccounted for in research and practice. This investigation utilizes a theory building with case studies methodology to elucidate some of these patterns. As prerequisites to pattern identification, this investigation identified a theoretically and empirically grounded static model of specification that establishes specification context and structure and a theoretically and empirically grounded dynamic model of specification that establishes the principles of specification emergence and evolution. Using these models as a foundation, this investigation synthesized a specification pattern model from four research disciplines and confirmed the specification pattern model for physical objects in case data. An additional specification pattern model for physical actions was also identified in the case data. The confirmation process found that the physical object and action models could not be extended to abstract informational objects or actions. The findings of this investigation answer a call for research of the application domain, advance understanding of IS requirements inadequacy and volatility, advance ontological research to include a mechanism to integrate static and dynamic dimensions, and provides avenues of study to improve understanding of the structure and dynamics governing stakeholder collaboration. In addition, this investigation suggests criteria to judge, as well as theories, models, and patterns for, a class of IS that is persistently adaptive.
dc.format.extent 241 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Information Technology
dc.subject.other Information Science
dc.subject.other Computer Science
dc.title Specification theory, patterns, and models in information systems domains: an exploratory investigation
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Information Systems, Statistics, and Management Science
etdms.degree.discipline Operations Management
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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